Sugar Addiction, The Reason Behind Teen Violence

sugar addiction and teen violence

Limit the amount of sugar you consumed every day and avoid getting in trouble developing diabetes. In most cases, the chocolates and the cookies are not the only source of added sugar in a typical day. Added sugars found in soda, juice boxes, breads, dairy desserts, ice cream, soft drinks, energy drinks and many more increases your chances of becoming overweight and developing diabetes, including heart disease and behavioral learning disorders.


We all know that turning your sugar addiction around and ending your cravings for sweets may take a lot of self-control and courage. But, take note that a high intake of sugar has been associated with a dramatic increase in bone fractures among children.


A high sugar intake also results in nutritional deficiencies. Children eating a diet high in sugar may be at risk for attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder and other learning and behavioral disorders.


In addition, it causes chronic sinusitis and ear infections, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, cavities, anxiety and depression and metabolic syndrome. How the blood sugar rises depends on what type of sugar and what else was eaten with the sugar.


The result of insulin resistance is far reaching in today’s generation. Sugar can drive your immune system into both underfunction and overdrive.



Several studies have shown that the function of white blood cells is decreased by more than 30% for 3 hours after consuming the amount of sugar in a can of soda. At the same time, it increases the risk of autoimmune conditions, because other parts of the immune system that regulate inflammation are put into overdrive.


When you eat and drink so much sugar, you may be at risk for immediate and long term consequences of a behavioral havoc. One most likely event would be running in an overdrive for a few hours, followed by being irritable and then ending as a couch potato due to the initial spike in sugar.



How added and processed sugar gets you?

The sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream in minutes. When the body feels the sugar spike, it assumes you ate a massive amount, so it releases more insulin enough for 2 to 3 hours.


An hour later, the sugar is gone but the insulin is still pouring out and drives the blood sugar way down. As a result, the low blood sugar triggers a heavy adrenalin release followed by irritability and sugar craving behavior.


The pattern repeats and sends you on an emotional roller coaster ride or if not, your energy crashes. Long term problem can be a nutritional deficiency.


eating sugar creates an overdrive behavioral response


One study found students who drank 5 or more cans of soda per week are more likely to act violently towards peers, siblings and the people they were dating. Drinking soda, even one can a day, is associated with student violence just like drinking and smoking. More soda they drink, the more violent they became.


Besides, people who developed insulin resistance are likely to raise their levels of triglycerides, which can lead to a heart disease.



Teitelbaum, J. (2012). Beat sugar addiction now. Beverly, MA: Quayside Publishing Group.



No one is immune to becoming addicted to sugar, because we are all born preferring a sweet taste. When you continue to eat a diet high in sugar, you get used to that super sweet taste and may need a high level of sugar taste to derive satisfaction.


Gradually lessen your intake of sugar and your taste buds will also go back to preferring lesser sweet taste. Indeed, food can be addictive, especially sweet tasting food and drinks.


Lately, studies have found an overlap between drugs in the brain and food in the brain. Sugar is not as sweet as it seems when it comes to health.


To avoid these kinds of problems you have to start reviewing what you feed your body. Eliminate hot and iced tea. Eliminate coffee. You should start drinking plain water instead of sugar loaded flavored water, even if it is enhanced with some vitamins.


If you get hungry, have some fruits available in the fridge. Always have sturdy fruits on hand, such as bananas, apples, oranges and grapes. Make sure you won’t stop at fast food drive throughs for snacks anymore or try to lessen the trips.


Limit your added sugar intake in a day up to a max of 6 teaspoons for women only, which is equivalent to 25 grams. Men should be only about 9 teaspoons or 38 grams. This is in line with WHO recommendation that no more than 10% of an adult’s calories and ideally less than 5% should come from added sugar or from natural sugar including fruit juice.

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